Injured Army veteran Corporal Michael Lewis will be leading the way at Bedford’s first Honour Walk in aid of the Royal British Legion this Saturday.
The charity has given support to Michael since he was injured during service in Afghanistan and now he works to raise funds for the cause.
He was serving in the Second Battalion Parachute Regiment when his squadron became involved in a massive firefight in August 2008.
“As a result we were hit by three mortar rounds from the Taliban,” said 31 year old Michael. “A round landed next to me and I took the full brunt of it.”
He suffered damage to his left arm and lost the heel of his foot and the calf of his lower right leg in the explosion.
Michael, who was officially discharged from the Army in March 2012, spent a year in hospital and months in rehabilitation learning to walk again and regain the use of his arm.
During his time in hospital the British Legion supplied him with everyday essentials such as wash kits and phone cards to stay in contact with loved ones.
When he eventually returned home they helped to make life easier with kitchen modifications and other safety measures such as hand rails around the house.
As part of his work as the charity’s community fundraiser for Bedfordshire he has organised this weekend’s walk and is calling on the community to turn out.
“Even though Afghanistan and Iraq have come to an end, it’s still very important that we raise money not only for the Poppy Appeal but all year around for the wounded and sick,” said Michael.
The walk gives participants the choice between a 2km or 10km walk around Priory Country park.
It is suitable for all the family, including little ones in prams and wheelchair users, and dogs are also welcome.
Registration takes place at 10am, with the walks setting off at 11am.